Tried out for an AA team!

Sunday night I went to a “tryout”, if you could call it that, for a women’s team here in Waterloo. It’s an AA level team, which is really really cool!! It was actually the first game of the season for them, but the coach is new and has been extremely busy with getting married, so he didn’t have time to get a practice time in (except for one, which I guess he didn’t call the new players) to see what the new talent is like. So, he decided to let the new players “try out” in the first game of the season. I’m new too, obviously, so I don’t know how many new people were there, but I know some of the older players were commenting on how many new faces there were. The coach had told me that he didn’t care about the stats right now so that’s why he didn’t mind having the first game essentially a tryout.

I don’t know what their goalie situation is like. I was the only one there, so maybe there is no competition for me, I really have no idea. I know their goalie from last year is pregnant, at least that’s what I heard, but I don’t know if there are any other goalies looking for a team. The league has lost a few teams in the last two years, including my own, so I would think there would be some goalies looking.

There was another girl there from my St. Clements team, which is the team that folded this year. She was easily the best player on our old team. I was surprised, but happy to see a familiar face. I talked to her a bit and she said that she doesn’t thing anyone from our team is playing this year. Aside from her and I of course. Wow.

The game went well. The team, the Waterloo Eagles, were very good. It was actually pretty uplifting to see the talent in front of me! Even with never having played together before, everyone was passing well and making great plays. We dominated the other team, but they got some great chances too, so it could’ve gone either way. We won 3-0! Yay! A shutout during my first, and I hope not only, game with them!

I’m still playing in the rec league, but I’m kind of worried that if I do make the Waterloo Eagles team, the rec league will find out and kick me out. That’s what happened two years ago when I first moved here. I was looking around for some hockey to play and found the rec league. I joined and then tried out for the Tri-City Bandits who were a BB team in the competitive league. I mentioned it to one of the people on the board (I guess) for the rec league, and she wanted to know if I made it on the team. When she found out that I did, they told me I couldn’t play in the rec league anymore because they don’t allow goalies that play on competitive teams in their league.

I don’t get it though. This year, the rec league has 14 teams and 13 goalies. I’ve already played more total games for other teams than I have for my own, so you’d think they’d want as many goalies as they could get. I just like playing hockey, and it’s not like I’ve won every game I’ve played in! It’s the whole team as much as it is me, so I can’t really win a game for a team, right?

Another thing is that the rec league starts way before the competitive league. So, since I didn’t know if I’d be able to find a team, and pretty much assumed that I wouldn’t, I joined the rec league. I wasn’t happy about it, I really wanted to play competitively, but if given the choice to play in the rec league or not at all, well obviously I’d choose to play. I didn’t even find out about the Waterloo Eagles possibly needing a goalie until I had played 2 or 3 games in the rec league. I guess what I’m saying is, I didn’t know what options I had, and still don’t really because I don’t know if the Eagles want me as their goalie.

The Eagles have a practice on Friday. The coach told everyone that if we don’t hear from him during the week, to be at the practice.

Oh, and let me tell you about the coach. I thought he was awesome. That’s my first impression. He was very business-like and focused on the game. There wasn’t much joking around on his part and he seemed to be trying to be that way on purpose. I thought I detected a hint of a smile sometimes, like he was trying to suppress it. He did say one thing that was funny. After the first period he asked me, “Yeah, where is the rest of you?” after someone called me “Sprout”. Heh. Anyway, I really liked that he was so focused. It was nice to have someone that spent the time to explain exactly what we should do and had a specific plan. I just hope he wouldn’t be a dick if the team lost a game. A certain amount of dickitude is good, but I mean total asshole is bad. Like another coach I won’t name here…thank God he’s never been my coach.

Enough blabbing outta me. Can you tell I’m excited about being back in to hockey? 😀

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